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Young Adults Have New Advantages with ACA Mental Health Benefits

Posted on September 23, 2012 by admin

There is no doubting the primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act — better health for all. Be it coverage for the young, the old or those with preexisting conditions, the principle remains the same. The Obama administration has demonstrated a diligent focus on providing care for those that need it, and such an intense approach has resulted in triumphs left and right, albeit with some momentary stumbles. The latest health care feature inspected under the microscope is mental health care. The Affordable Care Act has made it more accessible than ever before and there are numbers to prove it.

First of all, we live in a nation that sees one too many school shootings. This is a country brimming with troubled youngsters, and for years, we have not known how to handle the issue. While adults have been going back and forth, the problem has grown. Yet there has been a potential solution standing tall before everyone’s eyes: mental health treatment. It may not be the panacea to end future shootings, however why not attempt to decrease the likelihood of a violent shooting by starting a conversation with licensed professionals. The Obama administration recognized this obvious need for counselling, and got the ball rolling by signing an omnibus in January 2013 that secured $115 million for mental health care.

Because the Affordable Care Act allows young citizens to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until their 26th birthday, there has been a total increase of patient visits between the ages of 19 and 25. According to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, researchers Yaa Akosa Antwi, Asako S. Moriya, and Kosali Simon state that mental health admissions have risen nine percent.

Although a great portion for mental health funding will be targeted towards teens, this statistic makes it clear that help is wanted by younger generations. Not to mention, help is needed. A study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2013) concluded that about 20 percent of young Americans between the ages of 13 and 18 endure mental disorders in a given year. They also noted that nearly 50 percent of those between eight and 15 who had mental illness received absolutely no mental health treatment in the year studied. The plot continues to thicken — Antwi, Moriya, and Simon also concluded that half of all chronic mental diseases start by age 14 and 75 percent begin by 24.

Clearly, these ages are crucial. Obamacare has addressed this national issue right in the nick of time. By starting the process to facilitate mental health care for these young individuals, President Obama has cleverly allocated money to the right initiative. This is one project to keep your eye on; it will be interesting to see the societal difference throughout the next five and ten years. Hopefully, it takes even less time for young adults to channel their emotions in a nonviolent way.